Washington’s Top Rated Local® Home Contractor Award Winner: Chuckanut Builders

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Chuckanut Builders is a 2018 award winner, due to their phenomenal 94.81 Rating Score™!

Chuckanut Builders has certainly impressed their clients with their hard work and service. In fact, they’ve impressed them so much that they’ve received tons of fantastic reviews, landing them in the top 10 home contractors in the entire state of Washington. Here are just two of those terrific reviews:

“We did a major renovation of an almost 100-year-old home with Chuckanut Builders while we were living in the home and we can honestly say it was PAINLESS!!! Not only are they very talented craftsmen but also unbelievably neat and tidy and extraordinarily professional. We felt very well-informed every step of the way and the project totally stayed on budget. Oddly enough we actually missed them a little bit the first few days after the renovation was complete!” -Anna D.

“The team at Chuckanut Builders is absolutely top notch. They performed a small remodel at our home that turned out even better than we could have imagined. They were on time and on budget (almost unheard of in this industry) and everyone we interacted with was friendly and professional. There is no doubt that if we ever have another building project, Chuckanut will be our first call.” -Elie S.

“A couple of years ago, I was wanting to add a bedroom onto my small 1920s house, and a friend recommended Chuckanut Builders as a company that did quality work on small, as well as large, construction projects. After talking with [the team] about my ideas, I decided to go for it. Due to the hidden problems and eccentricities of the house, however, my small project quickly turned into a larger and more complicated one. This was my first home renovation, and I so appreciated the intelligence, patience, and sense of humor with which [the crew] explained the steps of the process to me. Given that I was on a limited budget, I was also grateful for their willingness to explore options in order to keep costs manageable. And finally, with all the complications, I was really impressed that they miraculously managed to finish the project within the expected time frame…” -Tara B.H.

Not Your Average Home Contractor

Jenny, Chuckanut Builders’ Communications Director, spoke with us about the business’ phenomenal online reputation and success. The first thing we wanted to know was what distinguishes Chuckanut Builders from other home contractors. Jenny said, “Setting very clear expectations from the beginning. There is sometimes a general mistrust of contractors out there. We work to avoid alleviate these worries. We are a Bellingham based general contractor specializing in high-performance full home remodels, new construction projects, and home improvement projects.”

Building Success With A Great Team

When asked about Chuckanut’s secret to success, Jenny said, “We focus on the customer experience and see it as our job to understand the whole process so the customer has clear expectations. We have a really amazing crew. They’re great people whom clients are comfortable having [work in their] home.”

As for the advice she’d give another business looking to build their online reputation? “Promote businesses you work with! The best leaders don’t talk about themselves, but those they work with.”


Congratulations to the team at Chuckanut Builders for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Washington’s Top Rated Local® Home Contractors Award Winner: Bellingham Bay Builders

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Bellingham Bay Builders is a 2018 award winner for home contractors in Washington!

Whether the time has come to remodel your home or you’re interested in building your own custom home in Bellingham, there’s no better home contractors to turn to than Bellingham Bay Builders.

Bellingham Bay Builders has earned dozens of online reviews with an average rating of 4.65 stars, a wonderful Rating Score™ of 94.50 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 home contractors in all of Washington!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews they’ve received from their happy clients:

“Bellingham Bay Builders (BBB) built our dream home, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the experience and the outcome. We enjoyed every step on the journey, and we recommend them without any reservation. The team at BBB is first class. Every person involved in our job provided outstanding workmanship with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and care. It is rare to find a company like BBB that matches its interest in exceeding customer expectations with a strong belief in giving back to the community and creating ownership opportunities for its employees. Working with BBB to build our new home was a gratifying experience for us. We received all the support and guidance needed throughout the project. They are a wonderful group to work with, and we highly recommend meeting with them to discuss your project.” – Michelle D

Not Your Average Home Contractors

As you can see from the above review, Bellingham Bay Builders is not your typical home contractor, but according to Dave Brogan, a member-owner at Bellingham Bay Builders, what really makes them different is the fact that they are a worker’s co-op.

Because most of the employees at Bellingham Bay Builders are also owners of the business, they are bought in to the business’s success on a deeper level.

We asked Dave why they do what they do at Bellingham Bay Builders and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what he had to say:

“Our goal is to plan and build enduring structures in concert with our community and our shared environment.”

Dave also shared the company’s guiding principles with us:

We believe that a vibrant business supports the personal development of the workers. We believe in designing and building structuctures to meet our clients’ practical and aesthetic needs while adding value by focusing on:

  • Durability
  • Energy efficiency and water conservation
  • A healthy indoor environment
  • Maximizing financial equity
  • Sustainability
  • Comfort

We believe in democratic decision-making and a fair distribution of profits. We believe that successful and satisfying relationships are based on honest and respectful communication, clear objectives and accountability. We believe in seeking opportunities to use our talents for the enrichment of our community through charitable work. We strive to reduce our environmental impact through conscientious business practices, thoughtful design and building with respect for our limited natural resources. We recognize value in cultivating an inclusive workplace that appreciates and celebrates people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We recognize and appreciate:

  • The good will of our clients
  • The beauty and abundance of our Pacific Northwest home
  • The camaraderie and friendship of our coworkers
  • The opportunity to express ourselves creatively through our craft

We believe in providing long-term work and living wages through well-considered growth and reinvestment in our company. We support and admire the courage it takes to question assumptions. We believe in working with community members to create a shared prosperity, a healthy local environment and strong community organizations. We pursue our work because it brings us joy and satisfaction.

Building Success By Listening

Dave credits Bellingham Bay Builders’ strong online reputation to the fact that they really and truly listen to their customers and work to give them what they’re looking for.

“It’s just that simple.”

In addition to building their business by maintaining their powerful online reputation, the team at Bellingham Bay Builders get their name out there by giving back to their community. All of the owners have a yearly stipend to help local, charitable causes in the community. Bellingham Bay Builders is also a key sponsor of green building and smart growth, and their aim is to help the sustainable building community.

We asked Dave what advice he has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are his words of wisdom:

“Focus on your customers and employees, and listen to them both.”


Congratulations to the team at Bellingham Bay Builders for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Dave, for taking the time to speak with us!

If you’re interested in learning more about Bellingham Bay Builders and what they have to offer, visit their website today!

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Home Contractor Award Winner: Living Home Construction

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Living Home Construction is one of the top 10 home contractors in the entire state of Utah!

“We recently completed an interior remodel of our home with Living Home Construction & Design. They did an incredible job! We were impressed with how easy they were to work with, incorporating our wish list and making our dream home [a reality]! We were impressed with them from the moment we sat down with Chris Towson, who worked with our Project Manager, Chris Wright, all of their team members, and every subcontractor they sent to work on our home. We worked with top of the line professionals who listened to our wants and needs and together, made our home a beautiful, workable, and warm environment to live in. Thank you LHCD! We can’t wait to start the exterior remodel of our home with you and your team this spring!” -Debbie M.

“We would recommend Living Home to anyone, including our closest friends and family, and we would definitely use them again [for] a future project. Living Home is a great company, and going with them was the best decision we made in our remodel. We heard about Living Home from an architect friend of ours, who likes things pretty and done right. He had used Living Home on his own house remodel. We thought that was a pretty good recommendation, and meeting with Chris sealed the deal for us. If you’re looking for a contractor, call Chris Towson at Living Home and talk over your project with him…” -Johnathan H.

Those are just two of the amazing reviews Living Home Construction has received that earned them a 2018 Top Rated Local award and a phenomenal 94.28 Rating Score™.

Not Your Average Home Contractor

Chris Towson, the owner of Living Home Construction, took some time to speak with us about his business, as well as their success on a wide variety of verified rating sites. What’s the Living Home difference? According to Chris, “We’re good communicators and we are really cognizant of making sure that all our clients are 100% satisfied when we’re done with a project.”

Building Success Through Dedication and Communication

It became obvious to us during our conversation that Chris and his team care deeply about the work they do. When asked what his business does to make the world a better place, he said, “We build and renovate homes for families to live in. We upgrade homes to be more sustainable over the long term. We contribute a lot of money back into the economy and provide good, stable jobs, not only for us but for our subcontractors that we work with, as well. “

Chris’ advice to other businesses that are looking to improve their online reputation? “It just comes down to client satisfaction. You have to make sure you take care of the people that hire you, so you turn every client into a raving fan. We don’t force our clients to give us any sort of reviews, but [we] take such good care of them that they feel compelled to do it because they want to help [us] out…”


Congratulations to the team at Living Home Construction for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Home Contractors Award Winner: William Birchard Remodeling

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that William Birchard Remodeling is a 2018 award winner for home contractors in Arizona!

Are you looking for the right home contractor in Tucson for your home renovation? If so, look no further than William Birchard Remodeling.

William Birchard Remodeling has earned multiple online reviews with an average rating of 4.83 stars, an impeccable Rating Score™ of 96.33 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 home contractors in all of Arizona!

Here is just one of the many five-star reviews their clients have given them:

“I have owned four homes and used many contractors, and William Birchard is simply the best I have worked with. We did a complete master bath remodel — DJ and his team gave us the best bid (of three) and then did outstanding work. He gives you the option of buying your own materials, which we really enjoyed. He kept us informed the entire project and asked questions as he proceeded so there was never any miscommunication…I highly recommend and we will use him again for any needs that arise!” – Martin M

Not Your Average Home Contractor

William Birchard Remodeling is a small company that’s not like other home contractors in Tucson. Because they don’t use subcontractors, customers rest easy knowing that their homes are in good hands.

We asked the owner of William Birchard Remodeling, DJ, why he does what he does. Here’s what he had to say:

“I enjoy building things — making something from nothing and seeing a project come to life. I also love building relationships with my customers on a more personal level and seeing them out in the community.”

Building Success Through Great Service

The team at William Birchard Remodeling provides next-level service for their clients. DJ is so confident in the service his team provides that he always talks to his customers and asks them to leave a review.

The impeccable service William Birchard Remodeling provides, as well as the fact that they’ve been serving Tucson for 18 years, has led to word-of-mouth referrals and lifetime customers. William Birchard Remodeling is also very ingrained in the community — so much so that they haven’t had to do any real online marketing.

We asked DJ what advice he has for other business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here are his words of wisdom:

“Keep customers in the loop at all times. Also, find out what their goals are and try to make them match up with your own goals.”


Congratulations to the team at William Birchard Remodeling for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, DJ, for taking the time to speak with us!

Top Rated Local® Home Contractor Award Winner: Holtzman Home Improvement

At Top Rated Local®, we award the top 10 businesses in every industry, in every state, for their excellent work and superior reviews. We are proud to announce that Holtzman Home Improvement is one of our 2018 home contractor winners, thanks to their terrific 96.95 Rating Score™. Here is just one of the many positive reviews that got them here:

“I recently hired Holtzman Home Improvement to remodel my kitchen and replace tile flooring throughout my home. I am blown away by the quality of work their team provided. Not only were the workers excellent in their respective fields, [but] they were polite, respectful, and wonderful to work with. On top of the quality of work, the team at Holtzman used several virtual tools that made the remodeling process painless. Rob, my design consultant, was able to show me exactly what my new kitchen would look like with 3D design software. Being able to visualize my new space was extremely helpful. I was also able to easily manage my project and schedule through an online portal the team utilizes. I would highly recommend Holtzman Home Improvement to anyone interested in a remodeling project.” -Tyson W.

Brandon Holtzman, owner, took a moment to chat with us about his business’ fantastic online reputation and give us some inside info regarding his approach to business. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

We are a family owned business and we work hard to make sure the entire business operates as a family. I always make sure I am active in day-to-day operations. Communication is key, not only with our employees but with customers as well. I want to make sure I am available if they ever have a question or concern.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

We are a boutique company, which gives us complete control over the quality of work we do on any given job. We always deliver the customer what we promise.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

I’m very passionate about this line of work. I love getting to see different homes and meet different people across the area! Each job can bring something different — a unique challenge. It’s very rewarding to makeover someone’s home and see the reactions after the finished product!

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

For us, community involvement is number one. From charity partnerships to media appearances, we’re heavily involved in our community. Beyond that, we focus on internet marketing.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Be involved and don’t just let someone else run your business. Be available to both customers and employees. Know what’s going on in your day-to-day operations and make sure that you have an impact. Ultimately, as a business owner, you have the greatest impact on how your business performs — so make sure that it’s a positive one.


Thank you for speaking with us, Brandon! We appreciate your time and wise words. Congratulations to you and your entire team on your 2018 Top Rated Local award.

Need some home improvement done? Want someone to do it right, the first time? In that case, we highly recommend Holtzman Home Improvement. Find out more about them on their website.

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Home Contractor Award Winner: SoBo Homes

We are proud to announce that SoBo Homes is a 2018 Top Rated Local® award-winning home contractor, due to their phenomenal 97.73 Rating Score™. Their many happy clients have left tons of positive reviews. Here are two of our favorites:

“The staff at SoBo Homes is truly professional. Throughout the entire project, from initial design to clean-up, we were gushing to friends about how lucky we were to be working with them. They were on time, on budget, and did a fantastic job of helping us make good decisions regarding our project. We cannot recommend their services highly enough.” -Dustin C.

“SoBo Homes remodeled our 1959 ranch. They were very patient with us as we tried to determine what the essentials of the remodel needed to be and what our budget would allow. I feel like they spent a lot of time with us early on to be sure that we would be happy with the finished product. Most of their trade folks did excellent work. When one of the contractors’ work was not completed with the quality they expected, they had the contractors come back to redo their work. We opened up the living room and kitchen/dining rooms and installed a beautiful archway in between and created a corner fireplace with surrounding cabinets and a window seat. The kitchen was completely remodeled and two bedrooms were converted to a master bedroom/bathroom with a small addition to the existing space. They did a wonderful job of creating a new, more livable space from an old family home.”- Adele S.

How did SoBo Homes build such an exemplary online presence? We spoke with President Eric Youngren and Vice-President Mike D’Onofrio to find out.

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

Before, during, and after every job, we survey our clients and ask them about their experience working with us. Those reviews are key to our strong online presence, along with our website and consistent social media presence.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

We strive to provide an intimate and fun experience for all of our clients. This really shines through and makes us stand out.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

Our goal is to make the remodeling process, something that is known for being incredibly stressful, enjoyable for our clients. We truly love working with spaces and breathing life into them.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

In addition to cultivating our online presence, we have SoBo t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, stickers, and coffee mugs that we share with our clients and close friends. We also recently got our fleet of trucks wrapped with our logo so that folks will notice us driving around Boulder!

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Show off your work through high-quality photos on your website and on social media. Also, ask your clients for reviews. They are happy to share their thoughts about their experience working with you.


Thanks for your time, Eric and Mike! We enjoyed speaking with you. Congratulations to you and your entire team on being 2018 Top Rated Local award winners!

If you are in the Boulder, Colorado, area and looking for expert home contractor services, we strongly recommend SoBo Homes. You can learn more about them by visiting their website.